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Old 03-04-2012, 08:48
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Default Italian Cruiser visit to Melbourne 1938

Another photo and commentary from an old RAN friend of mine (good Rugby Manager and selector).

"Very interesting. 10,000 Italians protested against this shipís visit (thats a lot of concreters ). Some came from the canefields in Queensland. Bloody hell that would have been a 2 week round trip in 1938. They must have been serious in their dislike of Il Duce.

Feb. 17, 1938: Cruiser RAIMONDO MONTECUCCOLI faces protests from immigrant Italians - A.C. Green, SLV.

1118. A visitor for Australia's Sesquicentenary in 1938, RAIMONDO MONTECUCCOLI was to face protests by 10,000 anti-fascist Italian immigrants and anarchists during her call in Melbourne. It should be noted that the people seen in the quiet crowd here are not those opposing the visit of Mussolini's warship. This is the 'A' list of invitees, and a few kids on bicycles.

Meantime, members of the Italian Anarchist League, an estimated 10-12,000of them, and mostly down from the sugar canefields in Queensland, are being held back behind the new art deco Century Bridge at the end of Station Pier, fighting with police.

There were, however, few arrests and not many injured. At the end of her carefully stage-managed visit, the Reggia Marina's 7532 ton Condottieri Class cruiser headed off back down Port Phillip Bay with not much more than some dubious publicity, and a few choice words aimed at Il Duce.

See Pic No 773 for a full view of the ship.
Photo: Allan C. Green [1878-1954], Green Collection, State Library of Victoria [LaTrobe Library]. Copyright expired, this usage allowed."
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